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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of April 28, 2007 - May 4, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for Helen Poncho Battise, 86, were held Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at the Indian Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Bill Heck and David Busby and Brother Hugh Klodzinski officiating. Burial followed in the Indian Reservation Cemetery.
She was born September 23, 1920 in Elton, Louisiana, the daughter of Asa and Niece (Langley) Poncho.
Mrs. Battise died on Saturday, April 7, 2007, at Dogwood Trails Nursing Home in Woodville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her parents; grandchildren, Selena R. Battise and Jeremy E.K. Battise; and great-grandchild, Shailey K. Abbey.
Survivors include her brother, Jameson Poncho of Elton, Louisiana; sons and daughters-in-law, Clifton and Ardeena Battise, Claudie Battise and Darrell and Kara Battise, all of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Olivia and Harvey Williams of Livingston; grandchildren, Ken Battise, Kerwin Battise, Roddy Battise, Bonnie Battise Rodriguez, Ester Battise, Ginger Battise, Sheldon Thompson and Blanche, Devina Thompson, Lance Battise, Shannon Thompson, Regina, Tracy and Raina Thompson Morris, Beverly Abbey and Gilman, Marsha Williams, Jonathan Williams, Emily Battise, Kierston Battise, David and Kaedi Battise, Hedeia Battise, Anthony Battise and Taylor Battise; great-grandchildren, Sabrina Rodriguez, Anthony Rodriguez, Sebastian Huerta, Tiara Battise, Christian Long, Taylor and Shelby Thompson, Aaron, Austin and Adrian Thompson, Ryan, Ryanna and Rylan Thompson, Gladys, Tyreni and Tyray Abbey, Evan Williams, Skyler Thompson and Selena, Brentice, Nivagah and Jeremy Battise; nephew, Lovelio Battise; and niece, Adrian Sylestine.
Pallbearers were Sheldon Thompson, Shannon Thompson, Taylor Thompson, Sebastian Huerta, Christopher Sylestine, Ray Battise, Kerwin Battise and Ken Randall Battise. Honorary pallbearers were the Dogwood EMS of Woodville.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held April 6 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton for Dallas Joseph Boullion, 77, of Dayton, with Rev. Bob Fosburgh officiating. Interment followed at China Cemetery in China.
He was born March 18, 1930 in Rayne, Louisiana, the son of Desire and Angel Bruce Boullion. He had been a resident of Dayton for over 37 years and had previously lived in Beaumont. He graduated from China High School in 1948, and had worked for many years as a lineman supervisor for Gulf States Utilities before retiring.
He enjoyed working in his yard and having a garden. He also enjoyed camping, traveling, archery and playing the guitar, but most of all he loved his family and grandchildren.
He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, had served two terms on the Dayton City Council, was mayor pro-tem while on the City Council and had been a member of the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Boullion served in the United States Navy and the United States Air Force.
He passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 in Liberty after an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Wesley Boullion.
Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Marcella A. Boullion of Dayton; sons, Dallas J. Boullion of Warren, Clifton D. Boullion of Dayton and Van Ray Boullion and wife, Beatrice, of Magnolia; daughter, Felicia C. Noack and husband, Gary, of Dayton; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; half-brother, Cleveland Boullion of Scott, Louisiana; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Charles C. Carter Sr., 84, were held Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church in Blanchard. A viewing and wake service was held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at McDuffie Mortuary in Cleveland.
 He was born June 7, 1922 in Goodrich, the son of the late McKinnely and Addie Carter. He professed his faith at an early age and joined New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
He passed away on April 6, 2007 at The Woodlands Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Dorothy Jean McGowen and Dorothy Mae Wright; and son, Nathaniel Carter.
Survivors include his six sons, Charlie C. Carter Jr. (Theresa) of Livingston, Eddie Carter (Sandy) of Nacogdoches, Danny Carter, Jessie Carter, Floyd Carter, Johnny Carter (Tonya) and son-in-law, Freddie Wright, all of Goodrich; eight daughters, Linda Jo Carter, Josie Wyatt, Evilla Bogany (Jerry), all of Livingston, Rosa Lee McGowen (Donell), Jullie Harrell and Rosie Carter, all of Goodrich and Belinda Carter and Debra Carter of Houston; daughter-in-law, Carrie Mae Carter of Blanchard; aunts, Levergia Woods and Louise Woods of Houston; 49 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services for Christopher O’Neal Gants, 36, of Dayton, were held April 6, 2007, at Kingdom Hall in Liberty with Elder David LaFeur officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Wells Funeral Service of Liberty.
A native of Dayton, he was a graduate of Dayton High School.
He passed away on April 3 in Dayton as a result of an accident.
Survivors include his parents, Fletcher Gants of Ames and Ruth Gants of Dayton; one sister, Alaishia Streater of Las Vegas, Nevada; one brother, Douglas Gants of Susanville, California; and his grandmother, Audrey Ford of Dayton; as well as other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Merlie Floyd Hood, 79, of Trinity, were held Monday, April 9, 2007, at the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Charles Goodson officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery.
He was born October 12, 1927 in Tyronsea, Arkansas, and was a member of Carlisle Baptist Church. Mr. Hood stayed active and loved to fish and do gardening. He was known as someone who enjoyed life to the fullest.
Mr. Hood was preceded in death by his mother and father, Elthia Martin Hood and Charley James Hood; two brothers, Charlie Hood and Clarence Hood; two sisters, Jessie Hood Schoolfield and Flora Hood Reams; great-granddaughter, Haleigh Simpson; and wife, Christine Hood.
Survivors include his son, Travis Cargle and wife, Twila; daughter, Wanda Wilson and husband, Dale; sisters, Dealie Walcott, Lois Calvert and Geneva Watson; grandchildren, Raymond Conley, Sheryl Kattner and Ace (Glenn) Teal; and great-grandchildren, Shawn Conley, Brittney Kattner and Bailey Simpson.
To sign the online guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Pace Funeral Home, Livingston.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 14, at 1:00 p.m. for Mary Louise Laviolette, 77, of Livingston, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel.
She was an avid crafter, enjoyed making flower arrangements and candles, and taking care of her plants. She also had a great love for fishing. Above all she will be remembered for the love she gave to her family.
Mrs. Laviolette passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Ocie Williams; her son, David Keith Laviolette; sister, Margie Mandry; and her first husband, Stanford Laviolette.
Survivors include her Natty J. LeBlanc; sons, Stan Laviolette and wife, Pat, Wayne Laviolette and wife, Marylan; and Bruce Laviolette and wife, Patty; step-son, Michael LeBlanc; her daughters, Ocie McNatt and husband, Johnny, Pam Marquis and husband, Bill, and Betsy Laviolette; step-daughter, Jeanette Wenzel; brothers, Robert Wenzel and wife, Sherra, Charlie Wenzel and wife, Judy, and Sammy Wenzel; sisters, Barbara Hayden and husband, Corky, Patsy Carney and Linda Howard and husband, Dan; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. 
To sign the guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Margaret “Peggy” Smith, 66, of Dayton, were held April 6, 2007 at the Grace Community Baptist Church in Dayton with Rev. Wayne Hardin officiating. Burial followed at the Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.
She was born September 17, 1940 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to her late parents, Vincent Paul Schultz and Thelma Bagley Schultz.
Peggy was an active member of the Grace Community Baptist Church, where she also served as church secretary for the last 11 years. She was retired from the Dayton Independent School District having served as the Stephen F. Austin Elementary School cafeteria manager and she and her husband had hosted the church Easter Egg Hunt for the last five years at their house.
Mrs. Smith passed away on April 4 at the San Jacinto Methodist hospital in Baytown. 
Survivors include her husband, Buck Smith of Dayton; daughters, Diane Natale and Becky Dressel, both of Pennsylvania; step-daughter, Debbie Nolen of Silsbee; granddaughter, Nissa Burch of Sour Lake; grandsons, Michael Nolen of South Carolina and Christopher Nolen of Sugarland; sisters, Doness Artman of Pennsylvania, Vanessa Mitchell of Florida, Beverly Jerry of San Antonio and Shirley Villarreal of Texas City; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Delbert Estep, Bill O’Neal, Chris Nolen, John Rhodes, Bill Statum and Gene Boultinghouse. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Grace Community Baptist Church.
To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.








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